As Westward’s Michael Roberts Report, University of Colorado Bruce D. Benson Center for the Study of Western CivilizationFor more than a decade, the state’s flagship public campus has been at the center of controversy that turned into the catastrophic appointment of the mastermind of the 2020 coup. John Eastman In 2020 as the center “Visiting Scholars in Conservative Thought and Policy,” Now it’s a campaign target for student activists to stop it – and to be honest, we’ve been surprised by how long it has been to get here:
New Era Colorado, which describes itself as “the main voice for young people in Colorado politics,” has launched a campaign, complete with an online petition, from administrators Bruce D. To push for the closure of the Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization. The privately funded branch of CU Boulder was introduced in the early 2000’s as a way to add a conservative voice to the famous liberal organization.
Since 2013, the Benson Center has hosted a steady right-sided diagonal focusing on the study and guidance of visiting scholars – but 2020-2021 invited Attorney John Eastman is by far the most controversial. In addition to the efforts of supporters of former President Donald Trump to deny the results of the 2020 presidential election, he has been identified as a central intellectual strategist as a conspirator in the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Eastman addressed the gathering before the event, and new information about his role began to emerge as the congressional committee continued its investigation.
The Benson Center is the brainchild of a former CEO Bruce Benson, A major Republican donor and one-time candidate for governor who took over the running of the university during times of great financial hardship. Benson owned the financial vessel at CU with the help of a thriving economy, and Regent Benson set his personal pet goal of creating an ideological haven for “conservative thinking” as a reward for the school’s long-standing GOP majority on board. On campus in the form of the Benson Center.
Understanding this key story is important to know that the Benson Center is not a long-term institution on the University of Colorado campus. And if you don’t believe in “conservative positive action” then there is no reason for the center to exist in an academic setting. This is because “conservative thinking” is not discriminatory in higher education; It is unable to withstand academic scrutiny. Bruce Benson was unable to grasp this reality, and consequently spent his term as president creating a haven of prejudice and ignorance.
The New Era Petition depicts Eastman as a symbol of everything wrong with the Benson Center. After the center argued that it “promotes a culture of white supremacy”, it argues that “those who often champion harmful language and activity – including the participation in the January 6 uprising, have undermined the organization’s standard of” annual appointments of visiting scholars. ” It continues: “While working as a visiting scholar at the Benson Center, John Eastman’s direct and personal role in the near-destruction of American democracy exposed the broken argument at the center of the center’s existence. This goes against the values of CU students, teachers, staff, alumni and community members. Harmful and destructive white hegemonic and rebellious education has no place on campus. ”
As Colorado’s last remaining statewide elected official in the form of the CEO Regent-at-Large, the ongoing controversy over the disrespect of John Eastman of the Benson Center goes directly to the governor candidate. Heidi Ganahal In the lap of a wrong plate of goulash. Ganahal has steadfastly avoided tough questions on most of the campaign trail, including this, to the point of damaging all his own ugliness. A frontal attack on the Benson Center could make that continued silence impossible.
With the exception of a major change of position that would make its own headline, Ganahal deserves the honor of personally taking a stand in support of the Benson Center and Eastman, despite repeated praise for Eastman’s appointment – even after Eastman’s embarrassing up-and-coming advice. Orange Harris Citizenship is not good enough to serve as vice president. Before June 28th, it might actually help to throw him out.
For November, this is going to be a real problem. And it’s certainly not going away now.